10 Ways to Eat Chicken Thighs for Dinner

10 Ways to Eat Chicken Thighs for Dinner

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Kelli Foster
Sep 13, 2017
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Chicken thighs are a true dinner MVP. They're fattier than lean breasts, which means they're less likely to turn dry with a couple extra minutes on the heat, they are packed with so much flavor, and they're super versatile. From slow-simmered soups to sheet pan suppers, there's nothing this budget-friendly cut can't do.

Here are 10 totally delicious ways to eat chicken thighs for dinner right now.

1. Sheet Pan Honey-Chipotle Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

This is the weeknight dinner that's going to pull you out of that chicken rut you've been stuck in. It starts with a quick honey-chipotle marinade that leaves meaty chicken thighs and thick sweet potato chunks with a spicy, smoky flavor and a hint of sweetness.

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2. Creamy Slow Cooker Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

Inspired by the takeout favorite we all love so much, this version is easy to make (thanks to your slow cooker) and packed with succulent pieces of chicken thighs.

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3. How To Make Crispy, Juicy Chicken Thighs in the Slow Cooker

Yes, the slow cooker! Try this just once and you may never go back to making crispy-skinned chicken thighs on the stovetop again. It couldn't be easier and it turns out a result that is irresistibly delicious.

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4. Chorizo Chicken Chili

Partner a pack of boneless chicken thighs with crumbled chorizo, beans, and a slew of pantry spices and you'll be ladling smoky, flavor-packed chili into a bowl for dinner in just 30 minutes.

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5. Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fennel & Lemon

Slightly sweet, caramelized fennel and the bright pop of lemon are always a good balance for the rich, fatty flavor of crispy chicken thighs. Pair the chicken with couscous and a thick chunk of bread.

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6. Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

I keep this four-ingredient recipe on regular rotation in my meal plan, and I suggest you do the same. It's easy enough for those nights you don't really feel like cooking, and comes together with a tangy-sweet sauce that keeps you wanting more.

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7. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This lightly spiced, slow-cooked Tex-Mex soup is loaded with a medley of tender veggies and beans and relies on fattier chicken thighs for a rich flavor and promise of tender bits of meat.

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8. Balsamic & Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs and Figs

This is a recipe that turns humble, budget-friendly chicken thighs into a dinner that is dressed to impress.

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9. Coconut Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew

Don't be put off by the lengthy ingredient list because this is a quick-cooking stew that can be pulled together on a weeknight. It's wholesome, super hearty, and, with a few simple swaps, Paleo-friendly.

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10. Baked Chicken with Artichokes

This cozy weeknight chicken dinner filled with aromatic spices, preserved lemon, and artichokes won me over the first time I cooked it. Serve it over a bed of couscous, rice, or freekeh.

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